A cough is a sudden and often repetitively occurring reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from secretions, irritants, foreign particles and microbes. The cough reflex consists of three phases: an inhalation, a forced exhalation against a closed glottis and a violent release of air from the lungs following opening of the glottis, usually accompanied by a distinctive sound.
“Receptors” or special sensory proteins are found on the surface of some cells that line the upper respiratory tract. The receptors are found in the back of the throat, the trachea (windpipe) and the upper bronchi where the trachea branches to the lungs. The receptors send a signal to sensory nerves fiber if they are stimulated, and the sensory fiber transmit information to the brain for interpretation. The part of the brain that monitors the throat and upper airway region has been called the “cough center”.
If the lining of airway is irritated, the cough center receives a signal which is a 3-phase process:
- First of all, a volume of air is inhaled.
- Second, the opening of the trachea closes as the chest constricts, compressing the air within the lungs.
- And third and the last one, the epiglottis opens, allowing a rapid burst of air to be expelled through the mouth.
Nonprescription products can help to relieve a cough and chest congestion in different ways. Centrally acting cough suppressant medications are so named because they can act directly on the brain’s cough center.
Dextromethorphan or DM is the most common nonprescription product, which is found in many over-the-center cough remedies. It helps you to reduce the sensitivity and activity of the cough center and prevent it from triggering a cough.
The following recipe is very helpful during cold and flu infections, which are so frequent in winter months. Several of the herbs have a numbing effect that is soothing to lung and throat pain. This tea, may be used in conjunction with mullein for especially bad lung irritation.
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- 1 green tea bag
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Juice of half a lemon
You can use regular tea as an inferior substitute, but green tea is preferred.
Place the tea bag and herbs into a coffee mug with boiling water. Let the seep for 3 minutes, then strain before adding the honey and lemon.
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